Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas 2006

From Mike Penuel (my cousin, Christine's, husband)
- Leather Skull Cap w/US Flag design
- $30 gift card to BestBuy

From Mom & Ronnie
- Carolina Hurricanes practice jersey w/Mike Commodore's name & #22 on the back
- Jack Daniels pajamas
- fifth of Jack Daniels (an annual tradition)
- "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" t-shirt

From my Aunt Gail and her husband Bill
- Sauceman's Gourmet Nuts (Chipotle flavor)

From my sister Ursula and her husband Andy
- $30 gift card to Ruby Tuesday's restaurant

From my fiance Roxanne and her family
- Assorted T-shirts and A-shirts
- Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (PC Game)
- A Christmas Story 2-disc special edition (DVD)
- Mighty Ducks trilogy (DVD)
- Southpark talking keychain
- Remington personal trimmer
- jar of Jelly Belly jelly-beans
- Bag of Holding

For those items that I couldn't find links or pictures for online, I'll try to break out the digital camera later.
~ JC

Sunday, December 17, 2006

History of the Angel on top of the Christmas Tree

When four of Santa's elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mum was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress.

Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.

So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the rum, and there was nothing to drink.

In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it a lovely day?

I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?"

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas

Way to Go Falwell!

Seems the "right" Rev. Jerry Falwell made a little boo-boo in favor of those of us who aren't Christians. Maybe now he'll realize that freedom of religion mean all religions. I've excerpted the article below with the link to its entirety.

A group of Pagans in Albemarle County, Va., was recently given permission to advertise their multi-cultural holiday program to public school children – and they have the Rev. Jerry Falwell to thank for it.

The dispute started last summer when Gabriel and Joshua Rakoski, twins who attend Hollymead Elementary School, sought permission to distribute fliers about their church’s Vacation Bible School to their peers via “backpack mail.” Many public schools use special folders placed in student backpacks to distribute notices about schools events and sometimes extra-curricular activities to parents.

Read the rest of the this article at

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sadam Husein Escapes!!!

Sadam escaped.... see below for dramatic chase footage as our US troops chase him through the streets of Bahgdad.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Best Birthday Ever!

This past Monday, November 13, I celebrated my 35th birthday. To be honest, I was a bit despondent about reaching my mid-30s. My fiance bought me tickets to see the Carolina Hurricanes play the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. Even though the 'Canes lost 7-4, and I got lost five times trying to navigate the I-440 beltline, it was still the best birthday ever. As much as I love going to watch the Fayetteville FireAntz play, getting to go see a live NHL game was so awesome!

You can view pictures of my trip at my Picasa Photo Album.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Target Date

Well, you'd think with having three days off in a row that I'd have had plenty of time to put the finishing touches on "Carlisle's Chaotic Corner of Cyberspace" so I could get it uploaded and finally retire "The Personal Website of James E. Carlisle" and "Purple Scorpion's Nest." But alas, family obligations and other errands and yard work took up all the extra time off I had. I could actually upload what I've already done and then just add additional pages as I complete them, but I'm not sure if I want to do that or not... I'll decide by the end of the day. ~ JC

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Coming Chaos

Here's a screenshot of the layout for "Carlisle's Chaotic Corner of Cyberspace" (see the below blog post titled "Coming Soon to a Browswer Near You" for details). ~ JC

Saturday, October 14, 2006

It's Hockey Season, BABY!!!

The NHL 2006-07 season is well under way with opening night having been about a week and a half ago. My beloved Carolina Hurricanes, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, are off to a slow start losing their first four, but winning their last two, including a very decisive victory over the Pittsburg Penguins by a score of 6-1. The 'Canes are now 2-3-1 with 7 points in the standings.

Speaking of hockey, I'm quite perplexed over the cable station "Versus" (formerly known as "The Outdoor Life Network" [OLN]). They are supposedly the "official network of the NHL" and yet they never seems to telecast any games. Their broadcast schedule suggests that they should have a game on just about every night of the week, but when I tune in, all I see is fishing and bull-riding. Guys! If you're going to call yourself the "offical network" of a league, then show some friggin' games!

In other hockey news, my other favorite team, the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League, are about to begin training camp and will begin their 2006-07 campaign on October 27. With a new head coach and several core players already re-signed, it's looking very exciting.

Until next time,
~ JC

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Coming Soon to a Browser Near You

For the past week or so I've been tediously working on a new website project. Being an Earthlink subscriber, I get several user accounts in addition to the main account. Each of those gets 10MB of storage space with which to do a website if one desires. I had been using said space for two of my user names to create "The Personal Website of James E. Carlisle" and "Purple Scorpion's Nest." The project I am working on now will combine both of those sites into a single layout design. My logic is simple; if I do a single layout, I essentially would have double the storage space for documents, pictures, etc. Adding to this is the fact that I have a third user account I use just for the email, but the server space is unused, so I can link that into the whole thing giving me 30MB of storage space.

So, stay tuned; I'm hoping to have the unveiling of the new site layout by Samhain (that's Halloween by the way, and is the Pagan New Year, which is fitting for the unveiling of a new layout).

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fresh Start

Well, at first I thought, "I'll never have one of those self-indulgent Blogs. I'm not jumping on that bandwagon." Then I created one a couple of years ago at Live Journal. Then I said, "I don't use the Live Journal Blog that much, why would I want to use Blogger?" Well, here it is, a Blogger Blog of my very own. Next thing you know I'll become a MySpace asshole like everyone else. Oh, the shame of it all!!!

Truthfully, I figured it was time to experiment with something new. So here it is, something new. I'll probably be just as lazy posting to this as I was with the other one.

Until next time (if there is one),
~ JC

NOTE: on May 8, 2008, the LiveJournal account was deleted ~ JC